I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, I capture the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.
Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.
Two of my large textile paintings, Acuity #5: Zemblanity and Integrifolia #7: Emergence, were exhibited in The New Quilt 2021 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February to 11 April 2021.
Join Brenda for 3-hour live, interactive workshops optimised for the Zoom platform. These classes are standalone or you can pick and choose your own series.
Check out the Global Quilt Connection which showcases teachers from around the world. This was my presentation but there are many more teachers that may interest you or your group.
Brenda Gael Smith
Contemporary Textile Art
PO Box 4033, Copacabana
NSW 2251 Australia
Tel: +61 412530190
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5 February - 11 April 2021
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW
19 December - 17 January 2021 Wangaratta Art Gallery
15 October 2020 – 9 January 2021: Schweinfurth Art Center NY
1 February - 14 March 2021 Naracoorte Art Gallery, South Australia